Chilling opera about the reconstruction of a murder case

The Murder of
Halit Yozgat

Ben Frost

21-year-old Halit Yozgat was assassinated in broad daylight, in his family’s internet cafe on April 6, 2006 in Kassel Germany. Five witnesses were present in the 77 square metre space when Halit was shot twice in the head. Remarkably, an undercover agent from the German secret service was among those present in the cafe at the time of the murder, yet he claimed not to have heard gunfire nor noticed the body slumped at the front desk. A rigorous counter-investigation by London-based research agency Forensic Architecture inspired the Australian composer and director Ben Frost to write the opera The Murder of Halit Yozgat. With his unconventional combination of sound art, electronic music and dark metal, Frost brings a performance in which a sound nobody heard irrevocably ties all of those present together.

Credits

based on
the counter investigation 77sqm_9:26min
by Forensic Architecture
direction
Ben Frost
libretto
Daniela Danz
set design
Lisa Däßler,
Mirella Weingarten
costumes
Kerstin Krüger
sound
Dan Bora
dramaturgy
Yvonne Gebauer,
Friederike Schubert
commissioned by
Staatsoper Hannover
coproduction
Schauspiel Hannover, Holland Festival